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04/09/2012 - The Return of the Spot Prawn: 2012 Spot Prawn Festival, May 5

The 2012 Commercial Spot Prawn fishery kicks off the first week of May, 2012, and False Creek will be a focal point of the celebration.

On May 5th from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., celebrate the first catches of this sustainable seafood at the sixth annual Spot Prawn Festival at Fishermen's Wharf near Granville Island. For $13.29 including service charges, enjoy a spot prawn boil presented by Vancouver's top chefs and buy locally sourced catch directly from fishers.

Your entry gets you a plate of fresh-off-the-boat B.C. spot prawns paired with sides, sauces and Terra Breads to soak up the goodness.

The event includes live entertainment and cooking demos for the whole family plus a beer and wine tent for visitors 19 years of age and older. Tickets sell out fast to this popular festival, which benefits the Chefs Table Society of B.C. - an organization dedicated to preserving the world class reputation of our regional cuisine through industry education and promotion of food sustainability.
If you miss this year's Spot Prawn Festival, don't worry; in the month of May and into early June, restaurants across the city celebrate the bounty of the annual spot prawn fishery. Before you make dining reservations, look for the Oceanwise symbol on restaurant websites and give a 'fin' up to endangered ecosystems.

According to - Canada's most comprehensive sustainable seafood program - spot prawns are a responsible menu selection for seafood lovers. The local fishery uses traps, thereby minimizing habitat damage; this combined with a high species reproduction and growth rate makes spot prawns a sustainable seafood choice.

Getting There

The Fishermen's Wharf is adjacent to the vehicle entrance to Granville Island. Its signature landmark is a ramp (pictured above) that leads down to the dock where boats often moor to sell their catches.

Parking can be hard to find on Granville Island during events. Our advice is to park outside of the entrance or take the #50 bus from downtown and make your way in via Anderson Street or West 1st Avenue.

Other trip options include rolling in along the Vancouver seawall or taking a False Creek Ferry from stops including Yaletown Marinaside, Science World, Vancouver Maritime Museum (Kitsilano) and the Aquatic Centre (foot of Burrard Street, West End).

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